Read to Succeed 2018

Book photo yr 5

This week, I launched my Read to Succeed Campaign which aims to raise enough money to buy a new reading book for every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire. The initiative, supported by the Bishop of Ely, teachers, businesses and community groups, ensures that every Year 4 child in North East Cambridgeshire can have …

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How can Stagecoach justify a 50p per day increase per student fare, when the current service is being subsidised by Cambridgeshire County Council?


As the route is split across Cambridgeshire and Norfolk County Boundaries, with both Councils paying for the service, where is this money going? Why did County Council Officers not fix the price for the April-August interim contract when the contract was drawn up? These are all questions that need answering, and I am awaiting responses …

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Backing British farmers

Back British Farming Day 13 September 2017 (1)

I am pleased to support the local community and National Farmers’ Union in the ‘Back British Farming’ campaign day today. Farming is the backbone of the rural economy and supports a number of businesses across the constituency as well as making a huge contribution to North East Cambridgeshire. The Fens are home to over 4000 …

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Fixing Domino’s broken window

Domino's Wisbech

For what feels like many months I have been driving past Domino’s in Wisbech with its boarded-up window and wondering why it hasn’t been fixed. I am sure I am not the only one to have been frustrated by this. So I have been in touch with Domino’s to make the point that this needs fixing and work is well overdue. I am …

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Wisbech Rock Festival

wisbech rock festival 1

Wisbech Rock Festival once again proved to be a fantastic day out for everyone who visited, that was headlined by Dr Feelgood. The event which had music offerings for all taste was a resounding success. Congratulations to the organisers of the Rock Festival for such a successful day, and I am sure those attending will …

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Nations Gardens Day at Elgoods Brewery

Elgoods 1

The Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech opened its doors on Sunday in support of the National Gardens Day Scheme. The brewery, which was established in 1795, contains four acres of stunning gardens, and mature specimen trees which are around 250 years old.

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Chatteris in Myth and Memory

Chatteris in Myth and Memory Richard Savage Steve Barclay and Marian Savill 4

‘How comforting to place the blame not on human error, but the mythical panoply of Fen Horrors that included the Dead Hands, Witches, Jack o’ Lanterns – spiteful little creatures with little twinkling lanterns on their backs – Crawling Horrors, and decaying willows called Snags that wound their branches around unwary night travellers and held …

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Four grants worth three quarters of a million pounds made to the organisation whose Chairman sat on the board awarding the grants and employed its Chief Executive


John Bridge, the Chairman of Opportunity Peterborough (until March this year), is a board member of the funding body – the Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – that made four separate grants to Opportunity Peterborough worth three quarters of a million pounds.  So he is a member of the LEP Board which awarded four grants …

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Whistleblower reveals £359,000 of station improvement money has been handed over to Network Rail consultants for report writing – without a single Fenland station improvement being carried out

Manea train station

A whistleblower has privately disclosed to me that a local funding body allocated £359,000 of Government funding for Fenland station improvements is blowing the lot on endless report writing, without any construction work being done with this funding.  It is the equivalent of paying a £30,000 a year rail consultant for almost 12 years to …

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